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  1. MSNMBA

    Passed TEAS (Finally)!!!

    Kenoi (name changed), is a young, bubbly 22 y/o who has set upon the path of becoming a nurse. She performed fairly well in her prerequisite classes; strong in math and science, and fair in reading and comprehension. She has reached out to me, her future mother in law, to help her pass her TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. Now, I truly adore Kenoi, because she reminds me of myself at her age. Lots of passion and driven to succeed. So of course I accept and we set up a date to review material. What I did not know at this point was... Kenoi has taken, and failed the TEAS twice already... She doesn't really like reading... She lets gloom and doom invade her mental space, crowding out processes and retained information. Shocked and a tad perturbed at this revelation, I ask Kenoi what made her wait so long to seek help, knowing this is her last attempt at passing this test, and preparing for the nursing program. Remember what I said about gloom and doom, when she spoke, she had bags and buckets of negativity, feelings of failure, defeat, and self loathing. I could clearly see challenges forming. I examined her scores for the recently taken second TEAS exam. Small mistakes had big consequences. Kenoi had problems understanding what she was reading. Not only that, in some cases i discovered she wasn't reading at all as evidenced by a passage that I had her read aloud. At the end of the passage there were three questions that were related to the last sentence. Kenoi got them all wrong, as she did not read to the end of the paragraph. Kenoi admitted skimming often as she read, even less if she did not find the topic interesting. I helped her see that those three questions she missed were 33.3% each, and she just failed the whole section. This could have easily played a hand in her failed attempts. Gently getting her attention, I let her know that if you want a different result, changes have to be made. If the same behavior is repeated, you will have the same result. I could tell Kenoi was getting a bit flustered and apprehensive. We had a lot of ground to cover, but clearly she wasn't feeling it. I stopped her, and told her that her energy was off. I got some Lavender essential oil and put a dab on her bilateral wrist pulse points, both ears, and temples. I also placed Ylang Ylang to her heart, throat, and third eye chakras. I urged her to push out negative feelings of angst, failure and despair. and replace them with sun, damp earth, and rainbows. As she sat, I felt the energy around her, it was dense and hot, almost oppressive. I continued this action of swatting and replacing energy until it felt lighter, and she more relaxed. We were far from finished. After reviewing more material, we mapped out her strengths and weaknesses, and came up with a study plan. Kenoi was told to pace herself as she read. Take note of the content being asked, especially percentages and comparisons and ask herself, could this be a question? She was told that all the material is important to read, and the questions answered. Just answer the question, don't ponder "what if", "I think it's asking", or "I thought that meant"...just answer the question. Pick the answer that addresses all elements of the question. I urged her to tell the Negative Nellie to "kick rocks", as she is no longer welcome. Lastly, I instructed her to see me the night before testing for a full body massage. She thanked me for the insight, and set off to prepare for this final round, differently. The night before testing came a week later. During the massage session I applied Lavender infused oils and performed a full Reiki session. Afterwards, as we sipped coconut water I asked her how she felt, and did she feel prepared after making the changes in her review process. Her eyes were bright, and she exclaimed "Yes!" with the biggest smile. She did appear more focused, and much calmer. I hugged her and sent her home with solid words of encouragement. Testing was at 09:00 the next morning. I sent Kenoi a message of love and encouragement, and told her "You got this, get it done". She replied and thanked me for the sweet words and the awesome massage. She said she felt ready, and would call me after the test. And so I waited, seeing sun, wet earth, and rainbows... Kenoi passed with marked improvement compared to the previous test. No errors on the math, and reading scores were exceptional. She was later accepted into the Spring 2016 nursing class. I told her to see me often as needed for tutoring, pow wow sessions with a study group, or pretest prep. I am sure she will do well.
  2. I want to share some resources for those of you struggling to study for the TEAS or do not know where to begin. I will preface this with saying I did buy the $200 prep course from ATI and I will review it here as well. The prep course also gives you the 2 practice exams and the study manual. I also finished Anatomy and Physiology 1, Chemistry 1, and Microbiology prior to taking the ATI TEAS exam. I studied arduously for about 2 weeks. First, I'll give you a breakdown of my scores. Overall: 96% Reading: 89.4% Math: 100% Science: 100% English: 95.8% READING: On the ATI TEAS exam, you will have 64 minutes to complete 54 reading questions, containing 6 pretest questions. Obviously, reading was my worst section. I was really nervous when I was taking the test in the beginning and this is the first section you take on the exam. I think this is what tripped me up. I was focusing a lot on the time as well, and this caused me to have to reread the passages over and over. However, it was not excessively hard and I know I could've scored better had I calmed my nerves. So do not fret! I will highlight some major things to focus on; ✔️ be able to read a passage and summarize it quickly ✔️ be able to read a passage and identify what the main ideas ✔️ be able to look at a set of directions and evaluate it (ex:which comes first?) ✔️ be able to interpret charts and graphics ✔️ be able to distinguish fact from opinion ✔️ be able to read a passage and determine what an appropriate title may be ✔️ be able to read a passage and infer conclusions ✔️ know the different types of writings; expository, informative, analytical and be able to tell which form a passage employs ✔️ be able to use context to understanding a words meaning ✔️ understand what a primary source is VS a secondary, tertiary, etc Something to note is the passages you will be reading on the ATI TEAS exam are longer than what is given in the study manual. If you purchased the practice exams and did them, they are about the same as what is on there. They are about 3-5 paragraphs and you may be asked up to 5 or more questions about a particular passage. Managing your time here is key - I know many people struggle with it because simply reading the passage can take a lot of time and having to reread it multiple times starts eating away at the time you have to answer questions. Practice, practice, practice. You need to become skilled at reading a passage the first time and understanding it. I did have a few minutes left over at the end to review my answers, but this section definitely took me the most time to complete. There were definitely some easy questions and some that really stumped me! The format of the reading section on the practice exams were very similar to the actual exam. MATHEMATICS: On the ATI TEAS exam, you will have 54 minutes to complete 36 math questions, containing 4 pretest questions. I personally do not like math and do not claim to be good at it whatsoever; yet, I made a perfect score! If I can do it, you definitely can. Honestly, you just need to become familiar with what is in the manual especially in regards to the practice problems. If you solve every problem and understand why you missed the ones you did, you will be good to go for the exam. I found the actual exam to be way easier than both the practice tests and the practice test in the manual! The greatest part of the math section? You get a four function calculator. You can use the calculator at any time throughout the math section. I used it on almost every question just to make sure I didn't slip up and make any silly errors. I was not given any formulas on the exam. I was however given conversion factors, such as how many ounces were in a pound. They do not give you conversion factors between the metric system, so be sure to study and understand how to convert between one and the other. For example, there are 1,000 milliliters in a liter. I will highlight some major things to focus on; ✔️ be able to round ✔️ be able to solve multiple variable equations ✔️ be able to set up and calculate proportions ✔️ understand percentages and percent increase/decrease ✔️ be able to rank numbers from greatest to least ✔️ understand units of the metric system ✔️ be able to read a graph and chart and interpret data from it ✔️ know the equations for the circumference and area of a circle Here is a helpful mnemonic; Cherry pie? Delicious! C=πD Apples pies are, too! (too for squared!)A=πr^2 So, to reiterate, do all the practice problems in the manual and understand the steps to every single one. You will do fine! It's nothing more than basic algebra and maybe a little geometry! SCIENCE: On the ATI TEAS exam, you will have 63 minutes to complete 53 science questions, containing 6 pretest questions. The dreaded science section...this is typically the lowest scoring section. It's just over so much material! I personally took Anatomy and Physiology 1, General Chemistry 1, and Microbiology before taking the ATI TEAS and I believe it helped me immensely. If you can, take at least Anatomy and Physiology before taking the exam. It helps a lot, especially if you don't have weeks and weeks to study. This section for me was easy because I studied it the most (and maybe I had a little dumb luck). The manual clearly states the objectives you need for the science section, and trust me; you want to learn them ALL! I personally scoured through each section, over and over, until I felt decently confident. Then, I took a practice exam and realized where my weaknesses still lied. Then, I scoured those sections even more. It was hard, but given my score, it's worth it! I will highlight some major things to focus on; ✔️ know basic anatomy terminology and directional terminology ✔️ know the 11 body systems to the best of your ability ✔️ know the 4 macromolecules and the types of bonds they form ✔️ understand chromosomes, genes and DNA ✔️ understand Mendel's Laws of heredity (independent assortment, equal segregation) ✔️ understand non-mendelian inheritance (codominance, epistasis, and incomplete dominance) ✔️ understand atomic structure (protons, neutrons, electrons...what makes up the atomic number? The atomic mass?) ✔️ properties of substances (solid, liquid, gas) ✔️ understand the types of chemical reactions and be able tobalance a chemical equation ✔️ understand basic measurements and measuring tools (graduated cylinder, balance) ✔️ understand hypotheses and conclusions Personally, I found the practice exams science sections to be much harder than what I was given on the actual ATI TEAS exam. RESOURCES FOR THE SCIENCE SECTION: YouTube: I watched lots and lots of videos. There are a few channels I really recommend...especially for the body systems! Bozeman Science: I've been watching this guy since I was in high school biology. He is great at explaining and I've found his videos to coincide very well with the ATI TEAS manual for the body systems! Seriously, I prefer him to KhanAcademy sometimes, which I know lots of people swear by. Give him a look! KhanAcademy: Of course, I've still found KhanAcademy helpful as well. These videos contain extra information, I've noticed. I like to learn a system pretty well and then watch KhanAcademy to solidify what I know, and learn a few new things. KhanAcademy also has a website I highly recommend making an account on. They have a few lessons for a few of the body systems, with tons of videos and practice questions. It's free, might as well give it a shot! PRACTICE EXAMS : If you can afford to buy them, just do it. It gives you a feel for the real exam and if you can do well on them, you will do well on the actual exam. ENGLISH: On the ATI TEAS exam, you will have 28 minutes to complete 28 English questions, containing 4 pretest questions. Personally, this was the section I was most worried about. I don't know why. I've spoken English my whole life but a lot of it was terminology I hadn't remembered from grade school. For this section, it is best to read over the manual and learn the terms especially well. Then you can use those terms to determine how words function in sentences. Then, practice, practice, practice. Seriously, do as many practice questions as you can, especially if it isn't your strong suit. I contribute my perfect score to a lot of studying and again, dumb luck. The manual explains the objectives you need to know for this section. Just go over all of them. You'll need to understand spelling, sentence structure, the types of sentences, how word parts function within sentences, grammar, the difference between formal and informal language, steps of the writing process and using context clues to determine a words meaning! RESOURCES FOR THE ENGLISH SECTION: -Someone on this site actually gave me a link to a great website with practice questions. When you miss a question, it gives rationales and explains why. It was awesome and exposed me to different types of questions you may be asked. Question 1 of the English and Language Usage Practice Test for the TEAS -Others suggested an ATI TEAS app. There are so many on the app store, but I cannot guarantee all of them are good. There are some free and some you have to pay for. I personally did not use apps, but I can see how itwould be beneficial for someone on the go. You could answer questions as you had time throughout the day for those with busy schedules! The ATI TEAS Prep Course I had hardly found any information about the prep course before deciding to buy it. I was skeptical because it was so expensive, but I was worried I wouldn't do well without it especially with my limited time to study. This prep course is available through ATI's website. Here were my experiences with the prep course. #1 Some information was in the prep course online modules that was not in the manual and vice versa. You do get the manual with the prep course. I personally did not like this because I wanted to have all the information in one place which I thought I would get with the prep course. Saying that, it was inconvenient but not too much. I was fine because I scoured the manual just as much as the online modules. #2 The prep course divides into 4 modules; one for each section of the exam. It starts you off by taking a pre-test for each section of the exam. Then, it tells you areas you may want to focus on more than others based on your score. After that, it breaks down each objective and supplies you with information and videos. At the end of each objective, you have a 5 question quiz. After completing all the objective quizzes for the first time, it allows you to take the post-test. The post-test contains a few less questions than what the actual exam has, so I found it helpful for me to practice my timing. After you do this post-test, it tells you again the areas you should focus on. You can then go back through whichever modules you want and complete another set of 5 questions for each objective. After that, you can complete the post-test again. I should tell you though, it is the same post-test you already took. The quizzes are different questions, but the post-test is the same. Be warned, the prep course only lasts 3 months! But, you can go through the modules as many times as you want during that time! #3 Here was my biggest problem with the prep-course; I found errors in some of the questions. I would answer a question correctly, but it would tell me I was wrong and they would highlight the "correct" answer (which was not correct). I emailed ATI about 2 that I noticed and they said it would be remedied. Still, I was upset because I paid so much for the prep-course and yet there were errors. It made me wonder what other errors I might've missed! Despite that, I found the prep course helpful. It condensed information for me to cram, cram, and cram some more. The price is a bit steep for what you're given so it's really up to the individual to decide what's best for them. Let me know your experiences with it! There is so much more I could say, so I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has. Feel free to comment, I'll try to answer to the best of my ability. I know I was extremely nervous to take this exam, so I want to help others if I can.
  3. rainbowvahmet

    How I Passed the TEAS Exam

    My Exam Results Adjusted Individual Score: 94.3% ATI Academic Preparedness Level: Exemplary Mean - National: 64.3% Mean - Program: 65.7% Percentile Rank - National: 99 Percentile Rank - Program: 99 Individual Reading Score: 95.2% Individual Mathematics Score: 96.7% Individual Science Score: 89.6% Individual English Score: 96.7% This post is not intended to replace any post like this that may have come before it. It is very likely that you will see things in this post that have already been stated (more eloquently) by others. I simply wanted to relay my experience. It may help some of you to see patterns in the testing process, and thereby help you focus your efforts. That is my goal, as I am very aware of how taxing this can be. Let me start by saying that, in my experience, the TEAS V is not necessarily a difficult exam, it simply requires critical thinking. I can not stress how important that concept is. As you study, it is critical to understand why your answer was correct/incorrect. If you understand that, you have already won half the battle. Study Resources I used a number of resources to prepare for the TEAS V. However, the content of this thread will deal largely with one source: The ATI Study Manual. All of the sources I am listing were helpful, but in my opinion, if you are going to spend money on one source it should be the ATI Study Manual. While it is not the easiest book to work with, it does do a better job of introducing you to the subjects and style of questions you will see on the actual exam. After all, it is written by the same company that administers the exam. I purchased the manual/online practice exam combo for $50 from the ATI website. It is well worth the money and you are allowed to take each of the two online practice exams twice. This allows you to take both form A and form B the first time, then use the results to know which subjects you should concentrate the bulk of your study time. What that means for you is that you get to study smarter, not harder! Though I have noticed that some felt the ATI manual a waste of money, I found that every question (without exception) on my TEAS exam was covered in the manual. It may not have been covered directly. However, the subject was covered, leaving no surprises in content. My suggestion would be to take the subjects covered in the manual and go into each of them a bit more in depth. Make your own notes and research topics that you find difficult, adding the fundamentals to your base knowledge. This is especially true in the sciences. Other Sources McGraw Hill's 5 TEAS Practice Tests (excellent practice) khanacademy.org chem4kids.com biology4kids.com youtube.com Comparing the Exam to the Manual/Online Practice Exams The best money I spent in my prep was on the online practice exams. As I stated, I got them as part of a bundle. Let me tell you, they are worth their weight in gold. These tests are invaluable in helping you understand what to expect on the actual exam, in both form and content. I found neither form A or B superior to the other, yet both are an excellent litmus test for the real deal. Additionally, the online practice exams will also give you an idea of the timing of the test...allowing you to judge whether you are taking too long in a given subject. Many people run out of time on the actual exam. Let these online tests assess how you are doing in that area. It's better to over run your time in practice, than on the actual exam. After all, blank answers are scored as wrong answers. Learn what you need to do faster, then practice, practice, practice. My first attempt on online practice forms A and B produced a 78% and 82% respectively. I found the results very helpful because a breakdown of areas I needed to concentrate on was included. I simply focused my studies on those subjects. When I retook them, I scored higher...an 82% and 86%. I found the online practice exams to be more difficult than the study manual questions. Surprisingly, in opposition to what I have read on this site, I found the questions on the actual exam to be more difficult than the practice exams. However, as has been stated by many, I scored significantly higher on the actual exam. The point of all of this: buy the online exams. There is not a better way to get a feel for the actual exam. By the time you take each of them twice, you will be well versed in the form of the exam; and you will have a better idea of how you need to rationalize your way through each type of question. Trust me...these are your best prep resource. Reading: Expect the stories on the actual exam to be longer then either the online practice exam or the manual. However, content is very similar, as are questions. Math: This section was the most similar to both the online practice exams and the manual. After all, there aren't many ways to shake up an algebra problem. It is entirely possible to make a 100% in this section. You just need to practice. Science: As many have stated, this section is the most random. All of the topics you need to study ARE covered in the manual. Make sure you know them cold. I would further suggest becoming familiar with each subject on a deeper level...keeping it in the fundamentals. You don't need to know graduate level concepts. But, the manual does not necessarily cover every fundamental on each subject. More on this later... English: I found this section to be very similar to both the online tests and the study manual. If you are comfortable in both, you will do well on this section in the actual exam. As far as the manual goes, read everything. It reads much like directions to programming a VCR, but force your way through it if necessary. I often found some of the most useful information in the middle of a lengthy, seemingly unimportant paragraph. I won't lie to you and tell you it's fun. But, I can honestly say that it is worth the time. Moving on...here is a breakdown of the subjects covered on the version of the TEAS V I took. Again, I am listing subjects/concepts that relate specifically to the ATI Manual: Reading - The First Section Know which primary sources make sense for a given type of story Be able to distinguish fact from opinion Make sure you can discern the difference between the styles of stories given an example. (Ex: is the story Narrative/Persuasive/Technical/Expository) Summarizing sentences...be able to choose which is the best fit for a given story. Understand what you can logically conclude from a story Inference and what can be concluded from a given example Identifying the author's intent and purpose Identify whether the writing is persuasive, informative, entertaining, or expressive Be able to identify text structure as problem/solution, sequencing, cause/effect, or description. Follow a set of directions to get to a specific end point. This can be on a map or drawing/turning shapes. (Read these very carefully) Identify information based on a label, recipe, or set of directions Decipher the meaning of a word based on its context in the sentence (mine were not as easy as the examples, so really think about this style of question.) Finding information is a table of contents, ad, index....etc. (familiarize yourself/think about where you would look for information in each of these) Deciphering which product is more economical given a set of options. (These take time...and require both reading and basic math skills.) Gleaning information out of a telephone book. (sounds easy, but let me caution you to really look at the info. there are often similar answers and headings are very important.) Reading a thermometer Directions/map reading (Be very cautious of assuming cardinal directions...consult the map legend to acclimate which way is N/S/E/W) Choosing an appropriate title for a given paragraph (again, sounds easy, but I had to really think about this one because the answers are similar) Be able to identify what the author means to convey with italicized/bold letters. Math - The Second Section Order of operations (If you are unsure, google it...know it...forward and backward) Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Word problems with whole number, fractions, and decimals. Know how to figure perimeter. Calculation of percentages You will only need to memorize two formulas for any section of the TEAS V. If there is a formula to be computed, they will give it to you. The two exceptions to this rule and the two formulas you will need to memorize are for the following: (1) calculating percent increase/decrease (2) Work rate problem formula. Google these if you don't know them. Seriously memorize them. You WILL have a question regarding each of these on your exam. Be able to list four numbers in the order requested. These numbers may include whole numbers, fractions, and decimals in any combination. Be VERY careful to order them as requested. (ex: greatest to least, least to greatest) Calculating take home pay based on salary, bonuses, and taxes. (These consist of adding and subtracting specific values based on their respective debit/credit values.) Calculate the cost of an even given specific values times a number of guests. Estimation to the nearest given value. Understand if you are supposed to estimate to tens, hundreds...etc. Roman numerals. Know how to change a roman numeral into a number and how to change a number into a roman numeral. Google the values of M,C,D,V,X,L, and I if you are unsure of them. You will have a question like this on your exam. Conversion problems (miles to km...etc.) The formula will be given. Do not bother memorizing these. Recognizing which variable are dependent/independent in a given scenario. These are easy. Just construct a sentence stating, "Subject A depends on Subject B to be relevant." This gives you the answer every time. Familiarize yourself with interpreting information based on charts. (seems easy, but be sure you read headings and info on the charts, as there may be very important information) Know when you would use a bar chart/circle graph/histogram/scatter plot/line plot. Ex: if you want to show a change in something over time, you would use a line plot. Know the FOIL method Solving for 'x' ...these were very basic algebraic equations. Be very, very, very familiar with absolute value and how to solve equations that include absolute value. Science - The Third Section Scientific reasoning The scientific method (know the steps, in order, and know examples of each step) Understand why an experiment is repeated Know the fundamentals of electronegativity Understand the various physical states of matter (gas, liquid, solid) and how a change in state might change pressure/volume/etc. Get a feel for the chemical properties of water, along with the specific values for it (such as specific heat/temp at which it freezes/boils/etc.) Understand what happens during serial dilution and what values result from it (these are very easy) Know the general concepts of natural selection and adaptation. Make sure you are able to distinguish between the two given an example. Know all of the factors that influence birth/fertility rates. Be able to decipher if the population will increase or decrease given an example. understand population growth/decline based on rates of emigration immigration/birth/death. Know your biological classifications from general to specific: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum...etc. Watch these questions, paying attention to whether they are asking for more specific or more general in the order. Know as much as you can possibly learn about Nucleic Acids/DNA/RNA. Know their make up, how they bond, the nitrogenous bases and how they pair, which are unique to DNA or RNA, and which are shared by both DNA/RNA, know which are purines and which are pyrimidines. Know what it happening in all of different stages of translation and transcription. Know where it happens. Know the parts of a cells in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and what those parts do. Know if they produce anything or if they are involved in an immune response...etc. Understand the makeup of the cell wall in both plant and animal cells. Always, always, always equate protein with amino acids (the building block of proteins) Understand what chloroplasts do and how they do it. Chromosomes, genes, and alleles...know what they are, how they relate to each other, and how they affect organisms. Cell differentiation - know what the meso/endo/ectoderm become. Mitosis/Meiosis - understand all phases (ex: G1, S, G2...)of each and what is happening in each. (I found videos useful in this...especially those from Khan Academy) Know what types of cells these happen to. Be sure you understand what a heterotroph and autotroph is and how they relate to each other in the life cycle. Review photosynthesis - review it again - then review it again. (the entire process) Know what it produces and how that product is used. Be very familiar with cellular respiration, why it happens and what is happening. Be able to read a codon chart and decipher the outcome from a given example (this question was more difficult than the basic charts I studies. make sure you study both basic and more advanced examples) Mutation vs. adaption Phenotype/Genotype - what are they and how are they related? Punnet squares and calculating probability given an example. You will need to make sure you can set these up properly, which includes knowing the difference between heterozygous/homozygous/recessive/dominant and how they fit into the equation) Kinetic and potential energy. Make sure you can recognize an example of each. I suggest googling several examples so you can solidify the difference in your mind. My question was more difficult than the basic, but easy to understand because I had the concept down pat. The dreaded earth science question - is there one? Yes. And as covered in the manual, mine was about the sun. It was a concept not covered in the manual, but was easy nonetheless. There were no other earth science questions on my test. No rocks, clouds, water cycle...etc. Understand the purpose of a catalyst Know everything there is to know about the periodic table and the information you can get from it. Atomic number, atomic mass, how many protons/electrons/neutrons are in a given element. Know how the numbers relate to each other and how to decipher how many of each is in an element if given a specific number. (again, Khan Academy was a great resource on this). Also know the physical and chemical patters withing the table (what the rows mean, what the columns mean, which elements are more likely to have ionic/covalent bonds). Lastly, make sure you understand electron configuration. Be very familiar with valence electrons and why they are important Enzymes and vitamins - what do they do, where do they come from, why are they important. Understand pH balance/acid/base. Know what a given pH means (acidic or basic?) and understand what adding something to it may to to the pH (think about things that may raise or lower the pH of blood, for example) Understand bonds - ionic/covalent Understand hydrocarbons - saturated/unsaturated Make sure you remember how to balance a basic chemical equation (Khan Academy has an excellent video on this. Anatomy/Physiology as follows: Know the path of blood through the heart, including valves and whether the blood is oxygenated) Know the make up of the lungs and where oxygen exchange occurs Know the sections of the brain and what each is responsible for Tissue types, where you would find them, and what they do. Know several examples of each type of tissue. Digestive: follow bollus through the digestive system in its entirety. Know about peristalsis. Know about the digestive enzymes. Know where protein/carbs/fats are broken down. Know where the bulk of nutrients are absorbed. Know which division of the nervous system controls it. Know the functions of the liver, spleen and pancreas. Know which systems they belong to (and they may belong to more than one....hint) Know what the lymph system does and how it accomplishes it. Be mindful, also, of what it doesn't do. Just a suggestion. Be very familiar with the nervous system and its divisions. Know what each controls and the branches that make them up. Make sure you understand the structure/function of the kidney...well. Anatomical directions (super/inferior, proximal/distal...etc.) apply to an example. Know how the thyroid and parathyroid work together and what they do separately. Immune system - natural vs. artificial/active vs. passive. Recognize examples of each type. Also know the different cells involved and what they do. English - The Final Section Understand subject/verb agreement (watch for nouns that seem plural, but aren't, such as everyone, anyone, none...etc.) These may seem easy, but I suggest practice. Recognize common possessive nouns. Pronoun/Antecedent agreement. Dialogue - correct punctuation and usage First/second/third person voice and recognizing which from a sentence or short story. Grammar usage for style/clarity (this will make more sense when studied in the ATI manual) Using sentence context to decipher the meaning of a word. Recognizing a simple vs. complex sentence (more difficult than you're imagining) Be able to identify a top and supporting sentence. Know the difference. Know the meaning of common prefixes/suffixes/roots (ex: uni, ous, endo...etc.) There is an excellent table in the ATI book. Rules of capitalization. (again, sounds easy...but, these rules really need to be reviewed.) Correct usage of commas, ellipses, semicolons, colons, hyphens, and parentheses. Correct usage of quotation marks and apostrophes. Do not forget the word 'whose' and its correct usage. Do not forget the difference between it's and its. Go over a list of commonly misspelled words. You will have one on your test. if you get confused, look away from the word and write it down. If that doesn't help, write it in a sentence. General Tips Read the directions carefully. Make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you. Read each question carefully. I cannot stress this enough. I came close to making several dumb mistakes because I made assumptions as to what I was being asked. It is easier to do than you think. Make sure you know if you are being asked for least/greatest/first...etc. Take your time and really read the question. Do not spend any length of time on any one question. There will be questions you won't know. Don't sweat it. Make an educated guess and move on. If you have time, go back to the question. But, it is more important to answer all questions. Unanswered questions count as incorrect questions. Do not keep a mental score of incorrect questions. This will only serve to frustrate you. Consider only the question in front of you, forgetting all others. This is vitally important. Many people feel like they are bombing the test as they are taking it. I felt that way. Don't allow that feeling to affect your test. Just keep working and be mindful of your time. Make an outline of the subjects covered in this post, as well as those in others posts like this one. Use it as a study guide. It may seem daunting, but just start. No excuses. If you do buy the ATI manual, pay attention to words in bold. Research them if necessary. They are bold for a reason. Watch for labels on charts and directions on maps. They may not be what you expect them to be. In the reading section, consider this: If the story doesn't reference something in one of the answers, that answer is probably incorrect. Check to see what is/isn't references and choose the best answer from there. Be very mindful in the math section what they are asking. The order/value they are expecting may be different that you are anticipating. Eat a good breakfast, but avoid over hydrating. You don't want that distraction during the exam. Be prepared - bring pencils. Despite the directions from the test maker, my testing center did not supply them. There are going to be questions you do not know the answer to. Don't worry. There are a small portion of questions that are ungraded. Keep in mind, this test is as much about your critical thinking skills as your knowledge base. I suggest using the online exams for exactly that reason...to learn how the test maker wants you to 'think.' Get to your testing center early. The last thing you need is the stress of showing up late and wondering if you will even be allowed to test. Be confident in your own abilities. The TEAS V is not an easy test; neither is it an impossible one. It does require some effort and some dedication. But, if I can score a 94, you can too! I spent a month studying for this exam, going over the material for an hour or two a day. But, I am an older student who hadn't had chemistry in 18 years. Remember to focus on the subjects you are least familiar with and simply go over the subjects you are more familiar with. And about all else, practice, practice, practice. And, last, but not least...Best of luck to you all!!!